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How to Drain an In-Ground Hot Tub

Michael Davidson

In-ground hot tubs can be very relaxing and enjoyable, but they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best and the water safe to soak in. The water may occasionally need to be drained in order to repair tile damage, fix leaks or to shut the hot tub down for an extended period of time.

Draining an in-ground hot tub can be done relatively quickly with the proper equipment.

  1. Turn off the hot tub's heater and filter. Turn off the breaker to the hot tub as an additional safety precaution.

  2. Locate the drain valve on the bottom of the hot tub and remove the cap so you can screw a garden hose to the end of it.

  3. Place the other end of the hose into a bucket or another location that is suitable for collecting the drainage water.

  4. Open the spa drain valve and wait for all the water to drain out of the tub. You may need to turn the valve off and on as you dump the water out of the bucket that is collecting it.